Abodes of lord Shiva

105. Arulmigu Sugantha Kundalambikai sameda Swarnapureeswarar Temple - Thiruchemponpalli

Moolavar   Swarnapureeswarar
Thayar   Sugantha Kundalambikai
Theertham   Surya Pushkarni
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Vanni Tree
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar
Travel Base   Mayiladuthurai
Nearest Railway Station   Mayiladuthurai



This Shivasthalam, popularly referred to as Semponar Kovil, is located at about 10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai on the way to Tarangambadi. Another Paadal Petra Sthalam Tiruppariyalur is situated within 3 Kms from this temple. Town bus facility is available from Mayiladuthurai conveniently. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai



It is noteworthy that Sri Mahalakshmi performed penance on Lord Shiva of this temple to have the hands of Vishnu as her Lord. Hence, the place has the name Lakshmipuri. It is also called Indirapuri as Indira worshipped Lord Shiva here to get the weapon Vajrayudha to kill demon Vruddhasura. The third name of the place is Kandapuri as Lord Muruga worshipped Lord Shiva to destroy demon Tarakasura. A story goes that when Lord Shiva refused to receive Mother Parvathi back after visiting her father’s Yajna against his advice, Lord Muruga came to the Mother in the form of Shiva and imparted good advices in this place. Based on this story, Lord Muruga appears in the temple with an Akshamala. Shiva appeared in this place only as Veerabadra. Mother Sugantha Kundalambika is praised by many names - Pushpalaki, Dhakshayani, Suganthalaki, Suganthavana Nayaki and Maruvar Kuzhali. Daksha, son of Brahmma gave his daughter Dhakshayani to Lord Shiva in marriage. Yet he intentionally failed to invite Lord Shiva for a yajna he performed. Mother Dhakshayani wanted to correct her father by visiting the yajna. But clouded by arrogance and pride, Daksha humiliated his own daughter and her Lord. Furious Dhakshayani cursed her father that his yajna would not go on. She also begged her Lord to destroy the yajna. Lord Shiva created Veerabadra, Badrakali and others to destroy the yajna along with Daksha. Dhakshayani to wash off her sin as the daughter of a Shiva opponent performed penance here sitting around five types Agni-fire. Lord, pleased with her penance named her Sugantha Kundalambikai and took her to bless devotees along with him in the temple. Agasthiar, Brahmma, Vasishta, Naga Kanyas, Ashtadikbalakas, Gubera worshipped in this place. Rathi worshipped Lord Shiva here to get back her husband Manmatha. Lord Vishnu too had worshipped Lord Shiva here.



This temple is a Maadakkovil built at an elevation. The roofing is made of Sempon and so the place is known as Semponarkoil. The rays of Sun fall on the presiding deity for 12 days in Chithirai (April-May) in the morning hours when special pujas are performed in the temple. On the ninth day a car festival is celebrated called Soura Mahotsavam. Shivalinga in the temple is on a 16 petal lotus designed Avudaiyar – the peeta. Urchavars of this temple are Somaskandhar, Natarajar and Chandrasekar. Idol of Pitchadanar is very old. Sudhai Sirpams of King worshiping Lord Shiva and his both sides monk and minister. Ambal is in a separate Sannadhi with Sabtha Kanniyars. Idols of Vanadurgai, Viswanathar, Srinivasaperumal, and Sibi Kaatchinathar with maan and mazhu, Balasubramaniar, Gajalakshmi, Jeshtadevi, Veerabadhrar, Suryan and Bairavar can be seen. In Koshtam, Indira Ganapathy, Dhakshinamoorthy, Arthanareeswarar, and Durgai can be seen. There is no Kodimaram and Rajagopuram. This is the 159th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 42nd sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.

Arulmigu Sugantha Kundalambikai sameda Swarnapureeswarar Temple
Sembanar Koil, Nagapattinam - 609309
Phone: 99437 97974
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 11.00 am , 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm